Here is our advise on how to wear brooches, what places and on what occasions.
Brooches are an excellent way to accessorise yourself and to add that final touch that will complete your look. It is important to make the right choice, though, and with hundreds of designs on offer, it may seem to be a daunting task. In this guide we will give you very useful tips on when and how to wear a brooch.
From simple and practical to elaborate and eccentric brooches have a potential to inspire many. Brooches are among the few jewellery categories that almost don't have any size limits. The smallest pins on a lapel may be a common thing, but the gigantic brooches seen on the recent fashion shows is a manifestation of the unleashed designer's creativity that really has no limits and can inspire even the ones who's "seen it all".
When it's time to be all glamorous, we look for a designer dress, an exquisite handbag, a knockout clutch, a hot pair of heels or beautiful jewellery. But besides the regular accessories like necklaces, rings, bracelets and earrings, let's not forget the often overlooked brooch or pin, which can spice up any look from classic to contemporary.
A brooch is like a magic touch from a fairy godmother, it either can make you look stylish or foolish. Make it too large, and people won't notice your face, make it too small and people won't notice any difference if didn't have one. Put a heavy brooch on a thin dress and you're asking for unattractive saggy creases, put an elaborate and colourful-too-much brooch on a formal dress and you'll attract unwelcome attention.
Most people like to wear brooches as a fashion accessory that keeps them with the fashion trend or just to make their outfit more appealing. One thing is for sure - a brooch will make you stand out.
Brooches have always been an essential part of anyone's wardrobe. Get yourself a good collection and you will be prepared for any occasion. If you don't already own any brooches, it's never late to start one. Every woman should have several brooches to go with different looks, but in any case, at least one for the formal dress and another for casualwear.
Think of the last time when you dressed-up. If you don't wear jewellery much and find it hard to find yourself a ring to match or earrings that aren't too heavy, then a brooch could be a solution. You don't wear it directly on your body and hence there is a greater field for experimentation: put it on a dress, jeans, jacket or shoes - see where you like it the most.
If you already have a small collection, there's always room to expand it (if only my jewellery box can take it all in:). New designs are coming out all the time and there's usually just that one that you can't take your eyes off and which you know will look so good with that dress which you just bought. Thank goodness that someone somewhere has invented fashion jewellery so that we don't have to re-mortgage our houses to accessorise. You can avoid wearing a solid gold and diamonds brooch unless you're receiving an Oscar. Fashion pins and brooches look identical to the much more expensive cousins, but won't cost you an arm and a leg. With brooches as cheap as 5 pounds (or 7 dollars) there's no excuse not owe one!
Our range of brooches represents a big variety of tastes, styles, colours and prices. Take your time and choose the one that is truly yours and you'll be rewarded with complements from everyone around you.
Keep in mind that brooches and pins are more noticeable if they contrast with the background. Bright garments ask for black and dark-coloured brooches, while silver and diamante brooches will look best on black or dark coloured clothes; so if you really want your fashion brooch to stand out - remember this simple rule.
Do: Look for designs and shapes that complement your style like flowers, animals or abstract objects
Do: Ask for a friend's advise or get a stylist if you are completely lost for choice of your jewellery.
Do: Spend some time when choosing a brooch, compare similar style brooches, pay attention to the general feel of it.
Do: Experiment with your old brooches, you might re-discover them if you wear them in a new and unusual way.
Do: Create and re-create again your own style.
If you are attending a family reunion choose a welcoming fashion brooch, one that expresses love and joy such as Vintage Olive Green Floral Brooch (Antique Gold), Sparkling Daisy Flower Brooch, Silver Tone Multi Coloured Tulip Flower Brooch
If you work in the office you need a brooch that reflects style and sophistication. It could be small to medium size brooches, not too "in your face". Silver or gold coloured with faux pearls or diamante will go nicely on your darker jacket or choose the ones based on black metal to go on your light coloured shirt or blouse.
To look elegant and lady-like for the day, a classic look is a skirt suit accessorised with pearls. A faux pearl brooch with matching necklace or stud earrings are classic enough for a conservative office.
If you have a business meeting or an important appointment with your client, the best suited will small and elegant brooches attached to a lapel or the upper pocket of your jacket. Small and expensive looking brooches with Swarovski crystal paving will do the job the best: Exquisite Swarovski Crystal Rose Brooch, Clear Crystal Rose Brooch, Clear Crystal Tulip Brooch
If you are getting ready for a party with friends, choose a funky brooch that would be especially noticeable in the dark. Big and chunky ones will make even bigger effect. Polished gold, silver and rhodium plated jewellery will reflect the most light and when combined with large and numerous rhinestones will outshine everyone else!
You have to get cool ones first of all. Big and blingy ones rock! If you are going out one night, and your hair is in a gorgeous updo, pin the brooch into your style. This is also the time to be adventurous, so don't be afraid to try something new. You've got to look a million bucks, so get: Jet-Black Jumbo Scorpio Brooch, Orange Crescent Moon Ethnic Brooch, Oversized Gold Red Enamel Butterfly Brooch
If you are going on a date you might want to consider a brooch that tell something about your persona. If you like cats, then get a cat brooch; if your pet animal barks, then get a dog brooch! If you are a dreamy person, choose something that is not too bulky and inspires lightness: Crystal Pink Baby Giraffe Plastic Brooch, Round Yellow Crystal Smiling Face Brooch, Swan Heart Crystal Brooch (Fuchsia)
If you are the kind of person that don't like going out much and always looking for an excuse to stay home then a brooch won't help you much, unless of course you're organizing a home party and inviting everybody in. In this case you've got the luxury of changing brooches (and other jewellery) several times during the evening - it's a perfect occasion to show off your gorgeous collection and make everyone jealous!
Add these to your collection: Three-Colour Shield-Shaped Ethnic Brooch (Gold, Red&Brown), Yellow Plastic Smiling Face Brooch, Precious Heirloom Brooch (Sky Blue)
Do you have a fabric clutch or a bag that been lying around for a while?
For your personal style, you can add pins and brooches to make it unique, but be sure to choose ones that are smooth on the top to avoid snagging with your bag.
Now that you have plenty more ways to wear them - go and get yourself some more beautiful brooches from Avalaya!
Please feel free to suggest a new way to wear a brooch.